The Bidwell House, a beautiful example of early New England architecture, opens for the season on May 27, 2010. The oldest part of the building was built in 1750, and additional sections were added in 1790 and 1836. This is a must see for anyone interested in early American architecture.
Once you’ve amply admired the old parsonage, take some time to wander through the lovingly maintained grounds – nearly 200-acres of them.
The Bidwell House is about 10 miles south of our Lee Massachusetts bed and breakfast. It’s a quick drive, or a very pleasant bike ride. If you intend to bike, be sure to eat a hearty breakfast!
The Bidwell House, in Monterey, MA, is less than 10 miles from our Lee MA bed and breakfast. Originally built as a parsonage around 1750, the house is a great spot to learn about early American architecture (the house was built in three distinct phases) and life. Bidwell House was lovingly restored to its present state by two gentlemen who dedicated over twenty five years to returning the parsonage to its original state. They went so far as to refer to the original parson’s death inventory when furnishing the house; it is quite an authentic glimpse into the 18th century.
Those of you who feel energetic would find this a delightful destination for a bicycle outing along colorful New England country roads. Be sure to stop for refreshment at the Monterey General Store, which has been operating since 1780. The Bidwell House Museum is open from Memorial Day to Columbus Day, just a few days away. Be spontaneous, give us a call, throw your bags in the car, and take advantage of our “Fill Our Openings Package” .
Even if the museum itself is closed, the Bidwell House sits on almost 200 glorious acres. Stroll through well-tended gardens and untamed woodlands. Indeed, the land in and around Monterey is well-suited for outdoor recreation, with miles of trails – both gentle and strenuous – easily accessible. The Appalachian Trail passes through here, and the Berkshire Fish Hatchery has wonderfully maintained hiking trails.
This is just one of the innumerable local treasures that help make a stay at our Berkshires inn memorable.